A history of arts and health in South Australia: Policy and practice

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This article traces the history of arts and health in South Australia, using an interview-based methodology to detail how grassroots practice developed into formal arts and health policy. The project interviewed 47 arts and health stakehold-ers, including former state government ministers, artists and health professionals. South Australia has a long history of arts and health work. However, interview-ees describe a lack of momentum for the field since the endorsement of the 2013 National Arts and Health Framework, largely because it did not contain binding commitments which left the field vulnerable to changes associated with political leadership. South Australia thus represents both a case study of how grassroots support can maximize political interest in arts and health to create formal policy as well as a warning on the challenges that occur when this interest wanes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-36
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Arts and Health
Issue number1
Early online date6 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • Australia
  • community
  • evidence
  • government
  • grassroots leadership
  • National Arts and Health Framework
  • well-being


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